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By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 21, 2023
Where a part-time attorney judge unknowingly arraigned a defendant who was a complaining witness against one of the judge's clients in an unrelated case, but then, on discovering the conflict, immediately transferred the matter to the co-judge and notified all parties, the judge need not take any further action.
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By Toby Kleinman and Daniel Pollack | September 21, 2023
Where a judge, absent a jury has listened to the testimony, heard the evidence, determined the credibility of parties and witnesses, and made a determination in a child custody case, one may wonder if continuing on a case thereafter dealing with similar issues, opens the door for a reasonable person to question a judge's ability to remain impartial.
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By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 20, 2023
A full-time judge who participated in writing a screenplay before assuming judicial office (1) may be credited by name as a writer in the ensuing fictional film, notwithstanding that the judge's contributions were based on the judge's prior unsuccessful efforts to seek judicial office and other experiences but (2) may not participate in a question and answer session following the screening of the film, even in an academic setting.
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By Charles Toutant | September 20, 2023
In imposing the censure, the New Jersey Supreme Court opted for the strictest form of punishment available short of a suspension from office.
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By Avalon Zoppo | September 20, 2023
"We all would prefer a different outcome for our friend and colleague," the council wrote. "However, we have a solemn obligation...."
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By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 19, 2023
(1) A judge must report an attorney who, on learning that a non-party would only honor a judicial subpoena, personally signed a subpoena above the judge's name and served it on the non-party. However, reporting may wait until the conclusion of the case.
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By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 18, 2023
May a full-time judge, who has independently written and published a bench book, sell copies of that book to the supervising judge of another court in the Unified Court System for distribution to judges in that court?
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By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 17, 2023
(1) Once a judge's first-degree non-lawyer relative, a college student, accepts an internship with a private law firm, the judge must disclose the relationship when the law firm appears before the judge and determine whether the relative has or had any involvement with the case. If the relative is or was involved in the case, the judge is disqualified, subject to remittal if the judge's relative will remain permanently absent from the courtroom. Otherwise, if the relative had no involvement, the judge may preside after disclosure, provided the judge can be fair and impartial.
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By Cedra Mayfield | September 15, 2023
"During your time being employed at the clerk's office with Judge Peterson, has she ever gone over with or trained you on the Uniform Rules of the Probate Court?," asked Judicial Qualifications Commission Director Courtney Veal.
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By Michael A. Mora | September 15, 2023
"The Jacobs case illustrates the perils of an improvident and incendiary campaign strategy," said Anthony V. Alfieri, the director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service at the University of Miami School of Law.
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Riker Danzig deeply mourns the passing of our esteemed partner, dear friend and beloved colleague, Marc D'Angiolillo.
IN MEMORIAM OUR FRIEND, MENTOR, AND COLLEAGUE It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our partner, friend, mentor, and colleague Bruce I. Goldstein, on September 2, 2023. The prominent New Jersey trial attorney was 80. In a legal career spanning more than five decades, Bruce was regarded as one of the most talented and sought after litigators in New Jersey. His love for the legal profession was contagious. Bruce will be greatly missed, as will his signature greeting, How you be? and the outsized smile that accompanied it.